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Head's Words Summer Term Week 11

Believe it or not, the weather has been kind to us this week! Although it has been very dreary and reminiscent of a typical February, we managed to avoid all showers for our sports day and our cricket practices…...but the matches had to be cancelled. In saying that, I am camping out with Year 3 tonight, so a dry and balmy evening would be appreciated!

And what a lovely week our pupils’ have enjoyed. Trips to the Forest school and Dinton Pastures, a venture to Birmingham for the ISA National Athletic Championships (please see Mr Butterfield’s write up below of our top athletes endeavours), and play rehearsals have kept them all busy. Boys and parents have also found out who is going to be their new form tutor next year, and I would like to thank so many of you for attending the information mornings - I will provide some notes next week for all parents who were not able to make it.

In assemblies we have talked about the importance of enjoying sport, and how medals are not always a show of how well an individual has done. I told the boys a story of my own sports day successes of the past (or lack of!). I was really surprised at how few boys and staff had heard of the Slow Bicycle Race! It was a Ridgeway favourite….I was pretty good at that event!

Nevertheless, Sports Day was a wonderful affair where our boys performed with smiles on the faces. I also shared the wonderful news yesterday afternoon that Mrs Payne is going to be allowed to go home from hospital next week where she will be able to continue her therapy as an outpatient. What an amazing lady she is.

Haider Ali Baig, Téo Rybak and Fraser Jones, along with their friends they have been creating Word Problems for others to solve. All I will say is that when they entered my office to challenge me, I was in a meeting with Mrs Ward and Mrs Metherell. We got the first answer wrong, and then were too scared to take on the other two challenges!! Feel free to come to my office and have a go at them - they are up on my wall and ready to be worked out!! Well done boys!

However, I have enjoyed a period of rest today. Josh Fisher was Headteacher for the day and did a brilliant job. He controlled the school with humour and a sense of discipline. As Headteacher, he has also contributed to my words as you will see below. Lots of fun!

We have just nine and a half days left of school, not that anyone is counting!! Our Year 6 boys are making the most of their last two weeks with us and have been such outstanding ambassadors for our school. I hope the Caribbean cricket on Wednesday gives them and their parents a nice start to the run in of the last week. I will write more about our superb Year 6 boys next week.

Have a lovely weekend

Justin Spanswick


Head for the Day (Josh Fisher’s) Words
It has been really fun for me today - I have had a brilliant time. I have been doing paperwork with Mr Spanswick, I took assembly and gave out the Rabbit awards to the winners, I have been putting up tents with Mr Butterfield for Year 3, I did a Health and Safety Audit with Mr Leuzinger, I took a staff briefing as well and had a lovely cup of tea made by Mrs Davies, and I have decided to give the staff a 50% salary rise!!!! I think the job of Headteacher is fun, but I know it is a lot harder than it looks for Mr Spanswick. I have made a lot of great memories from this day that I will never forget.

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